The international student has long been a significant part of the student body in Colleges of Agriculture in the United States, and there appears to be a continuing strong demand for training of these students, particularly at the graduate level. During the period 1970-71 to 1977-78, the average annual rate of increase in the number of international students studying in the United States has been 12.8 percent (Yearbook of Higher Education, 1979-80). Although this increase is for students in all disciplines, the demand in the agricultural disciplines is strong. In a study of agricultural economics for the period 1974-75 to 1977-76, Stevenson found the percentage of international students funded by U.S. sources declined 16 percent, but the number of international students studying agricultural economics increased 260 percent. It seems reasonable to assume that this strong demand for the services of Colleges of Agriculture is likely to continue into the future, but it will not be without its problems.
international students, academics